RUSSELL — DeafBlind Ontario Foundation hosted a unique virtual wine tasting experience Sept. 26, Savour the Senses, presented by the Lions Club of Russell.
Throughout the evening, guests from 146 households participated over Zoom while experiencing Eastern Ontario’s finest wines from the comfort of home during this pandemic era.
Prior to the event, three bottles of wine were delivered to guests’ doors for contactless delivery. Cheese pairing suggestions were also shared with registered guests prior to the event.
Throughout the evening, guests explored their senses in a one-of-a-kind blind wine tasting, led by winemakers from three different wineries; Noreen Hyatt-Gervais from Stone Crop Acres, Richard Deslandes from Green Gables Vines, and Tom Moul from Jabulani Vineyard and Winery Ltd. The evening’s sommelier, Paul Gault from Somm4all, leant his expertise and answered questions about pairings, varietals, regions and more, creating an entertaining and educational event.
First, guests tasted Stone Crop Acres’ 2019 Frontenac Gris + Pinot Grigio paired with Emmental, a savoury and mild swiss cheese. Next, guests sipped Green Gables Vines’ 2019 Strawberry Swirl which was paired with Muenster, a semi-soft cheese with a mellow flavour. Lastly, guests enjoyed Jabulani Vineyard and Winery’s 2017 Marquette Cab Merlot (MCM) alongside Cambozola, often called ‘blue brie’.
“With social distancing in effect, we decided to get creative and host an event that brings people together for a good cause,” said Susan Manahan, Director of Development and Communications at DeafBlind Ontario Services.
Savour the Senses raises funds for DeafBlind Ontario Services, a not-for-profit organization that provides accessible residential and customized support services across the province, including in Ottawa, Embrun, and Vars.